lab etymology

English word lab comes from Latin laboro, Latin laboratus, English -atory, and later Latin laborator ((Medieval Latin, agriculture) plowman, tiller of the soil.)

Detailed word origin of lab

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
laboro Latin (lat) (transitive) I produce. I am imperiled. I endeavor, strive. I suffer, am oppressed, am afflicted with. I toil, labor.
laboratus Latin (lat)
-atory English (eng) Forms adjectives of, relating to, or connected with the thing specified. Forms nouns that represent things or places where a specified activity takes place.
laborator Latin (lat) (Medieval Latin, agriculture) plowman, tiller of the soil.
labotatorius Latin (lat)
laboratorium Latin (lat) Laboratory.
laboratory English (eng) A place where chemicals, drugs or microbes are prepared or manufactured.. A room, building or institution equipped for scientific research, experimentation or analysis.
lab English (eng) (colloquial) A Labrador retriever.. (colloquial) A laboratory.. (colloquial, chiefly in the plural) Laboratory experiment, test, investigation or result. (obsolete) A telltale; a blabber.

Words with the same origin as lab

Descendants of laboro
elaborate labor laboratory labour
Descendants of -atory
conservatory lavatory mandatory observatory purgatory respiratory